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Nicholas Christakis

Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social & Natural Science; Director of the Human Nature Lab; Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science

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Nicholas Christakis Biography

Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is a social scientist and physician who conducts research in the areas of biosocial science, network science, and behavior genetics. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He is the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science, appointed in the Departments of Sociology; Medicine; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University.

Dr. Christakis received his BS from Yale University in 1984, his MD from Harvard Medical School and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1989, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010.

He began his career at the University of Chicago in 1995, where he was appointed as a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Medicine. He moved his lab to Harvard University in 2001, where he was again appointed as a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Medicine. While at Harvard, he also served as the Master of Pforzheimer House in Harvard College. In 2013, he moved his lab to Yale University.

His current research focuses on our biology and health affect and are affected by social interactions and social networks. One body of work has focused on how ill health, disability, health behavior, health care, emotional states, and death in one person can influence the same phenomena in others in a person’s social network. This work involves the application of network science and mathematical models to understand the dynamics of diverse phenomena in longitudinally evolving networks.

Other recent work has used experiments to examine the spread of altruism in social networks and the genetic and evolutionary determinants of social network structure. Christakis has also conducted large-scale field trials in the developing world to explore how network methods might be deployed to change health behavior at the population level.

Along with his long-time collaborator, James H. Fowler, Dr. Christakis had authored a book on social networks, published in 2009, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. This book has been translated into nearly 20 foreign languages, and it has been widely reviewed.

Dr. Christakis’ past work was focused on topics related to end-of-life care, such as hospice care, widowhood and caregiver burden, ICU decision-making, and the role of prognostication in medicine (about which he has written three books, including clinical textbooks).

In 2009, Christakis was named by Time Magazine to their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2009 and in 2010, he was listed by Foreign Policy magazine in their annual list of Top 100 Global Thinkers.

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Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do

Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care

Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care

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Nicholas Christakis Biography

Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is a social scientist and physician who conducts research in the areas of biosocial science, network science, and behavior genetics. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He is the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science, appointed in the Departments of Sociology; Medicine; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University.

Dr. Christakis received his BS from Yale University in 1984, his MD from Harvard Medical School and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1989, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010.

He began his career at the University of Chicago in 1995, where he was appointed as a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Medicine. He moved his lab to Harvard University in 2001, where he was again appointed as a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Medicine. While at Harvard, he also served as the Master of Pforzheimer House in Harvard College. In 2013, he moved his lab to Yale University.

His current research focuses on our biology and health affect and are affected by social interactions and social networks. One body of work has focused on how ill health, disability, health behavior, health care, emotional states, and death in one person can influence the same phenomena in others in a person’s social network. This work involves the application of network science and mathematical models to understand the dynamics of diverse phenomena in longitudinally evolving networks.

Other recent work has used experiments to examine the spread of altruism in social networks and the genetic and evolutionary determinants of social network structure. Christakis has also conducted large-scale field trials in the developing world to explore how network methods might be deployed to change health behavior at the population level.

Along with his long-time collaborator, James H. Fowler, Dr. Christakis had authored a book on social networks, published in 2009, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. This book has been translated into nearly 20 foreign languages, and it has been widely reviewed.

Dr. Christakis’ past work was focused on topics related to end-of-life care, such as hospice care, widowhood and caregiver burden, ICU decision-making, and the role of prognostication in medicine (about which he has written three books, including clinical textbooks).

In 2009, Christakis was named by Time Magazine to their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2009 and in 2010, he was listed by Foreign Policy magazine in their annual list of Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Nicholas Christakis Videos

  • How should you react to speech you disagree with? | Nicholas...
    Defending someone's right to speak does not mean that you have to agree with what they say. The correct response is not censorship, but more...
  • Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks
    We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits — from...
  • Nicholas Christakis Presentation at CSW
    On Thursday, May 9th, CSW was thrilled to have social scientist and physician Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH (CSW Parent of Lysander '13 and...

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  • How to book Nicholas Christakis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Nicholas Christakis for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Nicholas Christakis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Nicholas Christakis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Nicholas Christakis?

    Booking fees for Nicholas Christakis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nicholas Christakis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Nicholas Christakis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nicholas Christakis for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nicholas Christakis for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Nicholas Christakis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Nicholas Christakis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Nicholas Christakis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nicholas Christakis for your event is available upon request. Nicholas Christakis generally travels from VT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ray Kurzweil, Moby, Jeffrey Israel, Paul Rieckhoff and Neil Giuliano. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nicholas Christakis for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Nicholas Christakis Speaker Videos

  • How should you react to speech you disagree with? | Nicholas Christakis
    Defending someone's right to speak does not mean that you have to agree with what they say. The correct response is not censorship, but more discussion. Physician and sociologist Nicholas...
    Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks
    We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits — from happiness to obesity — can spread from person to...
  • Nicholas Christakis Presentation at CSW
    On Thursday, May 9th, CSW was thrilled to have social scientist and physician Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH (CSW Parent of Lysander '13 and Lena '16) give a presentation at assembly on the...
    Nicholas Christakis: The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks
    If you're interested in licensing this or any other Big Think clip for commercial or private use, contact our licensing partner Executive Interviews:...
  • How Networks Shape Our Decisions And Our Lives
    When people are free to choose anything they want, they usually choose what their friends have chosen, says internist and sociologist Nicholas Christakis. Mimicry is a fundamental part of human...
    Networks Understanding Networks, Pt. 10: Nicholas Christakis
    The Evolutionary Significance of Human Social Networks--Nicholas Christakis Networks Understanding Networks @ MIT Media Lab, October 2011. Economies are networks of businesses, just as...

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